Overcoming Obstacles and Making History.
February 20, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
A life-long governmental and political figure, Paterson became the youngest state senator in New York’s history when he was elected to represent Harlem, and later he became the state’s first African-American legislative leader. In 2007, he was the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor and, in 2008, its first African-American governor. Blinded in childhood, he is an out-spoken advocate for the American Foundation for the Blind.